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Issue 39

13 Oct 2021

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(1) Virtual Team Essentials: InterAction and Dóchas with Five Oaks Consulting: 2pm, 2 November

Gain the highest sparks of wisdom and skills from this two-month virtual team leadership course. Virtual teamwork and collaboration require some distinct practices. Building trust, motivating team members, and holding engaging and productive virtual meetings are a little different in virtual teams. Suited for anyone who leads virtual teams, this mini-session highlights some of the most helpful evidence-and-research-based practices toward effective virtual team leadership – and is designed for the global development and humanitarian sectors. Join members of InterAction and Dóchas for this hour on the best of the best practices. Register here.

(2) Dóchas Charity Trustees Week: International NGO Governance and Locally Led Development: 1-2pm, 15 November

This session is open to all Board members or trustees of INGOs. It will provide a space for trustees and directors of INGOs to connect with other Board members and learn about how Boards are considering and addressing the challenges and opportunities INGOs face in moving towards more effective support for locally led development. The event will consist of three speakers – from different perspectives (INGO, donor, local organisations) - giving brief overviews in answer to questions this trend raises regarding governance of INGOS. Find out more

Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

(1) Delivering on the Outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit: Institute of International and European Affairs: 1pm, 18 October

The sixth event of the IIEA Development Matters lecture series, which is supported by Irish Aid, will see Dr David Nabarro assess the outcomes of the recent UN Food Systems Summit. He will discuss the importance of food systems thinking and the food systems approach. He will also explore how a country like Ireland can play a leading role in this respect. Dr David Nabarro is the Senior Advisor for the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) Dialogues. Over 1600 dialogues were held around the world in advance of the ground-breaking UNFSS which took place from Thursday, 23 September to Friday, 24 September 2021. this is open to the public and free to attend. Register here.

(2) Evaluation in Development Education: Saolta/Development Perspective: 10.30-12am, 19 October 

The purpose of our #Saolta Evaluation Toolkit is to help practitioners measure the outcomes and impact of Development Education (DE) activities as they are delivered across various adult and community education settings in Ireland. This workshop seeks to ensure practitioners can effectively use the toolkit to harness this information to inform and support their work. Register here.

(3) IFIAD Annual Conference 2021: A Year for Action – Food and Climate: Irish Forum for International Agriculture Development: 11am, 20 October

The Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development will host its annual conference on Wednesday 20th October 11am-2pm (online). This year's conference comes at the crossroads of two global events - the Food Systems Summit, and the COP26 on Climate Change. Given the inextricable links between food and climate, discussion will focus on the outcomes of the Food Systems Summit, and how action areas for agriculture and food systems can be aligned with the upcoming COP26 on Climate Change. Register here

(4) Window To Cambodia: Aspirations, Challenges and the Pivotal Role of Education: 12-1pm, 20 October 

Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network promotes links between Ireland and Cambodia, especially in the educational field. It seeks to realise the UN SDG goal of quality education for all. Our panellists include Lord David Puttnam interviewed by Rorth Than, Kimsru Duth, educationalist, Dr Des Molloy, Dr Paul Gillespie, UCD and Irish Times, Colm Byrne, CEO SeeBeyondBorders Ireland, Seng Kim Hong, educational entrepreneur, Shauna O’Mahony, educationalist and empowerment facilitator. Panel moderators are Michael Clifford, Journalist and Catherine Byrne, facilitator and educationalist. It promises to be a varied, lively event. Register here.

(5) 'Queering the SDGs': Saolta: 10-12am, 27 October 

Join us for the upcoming Saolta Workshop on 'Queering the SDGs'. In this workshop, we will discuss the representation of LGBTQ+ in the Sustainable Development Goals, and explore ways we can interpret them through a queer lens, particularly in adult and community education. Bella FitzPatrick from ShoutOut will join us for the workshop and will bring her extensive knowledge and experience into the discussion. Register here

(6) Looking back and looking forward: Conversations on Freire’s Influence: Maynooth University: 11am, 28 October

The Department of International Development is pleased to host a conversation and critical exploration of the relevance of Paulo Freire to our world today.The conference will examine his influence across three sectors: the academy, the community and globally, asking what relevance and influence (if any) has Freire to development concerns now. Speakers include David Archer, ActionAid, Zoryana Pshyk, and Eilish Dillon, Maynooth University in the morning. Interactive workshops will be led by Dorothy Tooman, DEN-L, Liberia and Michael Solis, Trócaire; David Kaulem, Arrupe Jesuit University, Zimbabwe and Fergal Finnegan, Maynooth University; Amel Yacef, NYCI with Peter Dorman, Community Action Network. You will be asked to select one of the three workshop topics during registration: Higher education, Community activism; Development in practice. Register here.

Situations Vacant - Paid Posts

(1) Concern Worldwide - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally 

Concern Worldwide is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in Ireland and internationally. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(2) GOAL - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

GOAL is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Full details are available here. Details for current invitations to tender for consultancies can be found here. Various closing dates apply.

(3) Trócaire - Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally

Trócaire is currently advertising vacancies for various roles in a number of countries. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(4) Oxfam Ireland – Vacancies in Ireland and Internationally.

Oxfam Ireland is currently advertising vacancies for various roles. Find out more about these roles. Various closing dates apply.

(5) Programme Manager (Maternity Cover): CBM Ireland

CBM Ireland are recruiting a Programme Manager (Maternity cover) to join our small, dynamic team. The Programme Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s programme work and implementation of the programme strategy, which manages the Programmes Team. Find out more. Closing date: 14 October.

(6) Consultant for Programme Evaluation:

For over two decades has emerged as a key online reference point for information, activities, learning and resource support for educators (across a variety of user groups in formal and non-formal educational sectors) concerned with issues of human development, human rights, development co-operation and development education (DE). The main objective of this evaluation is to understand what has worked well, less well or could work better across the programme. It needs to include an assessment of the opportunities and limitations in light of the evolving changes in digital learning and development education practices in Ireland and further afield. Find out more. Closing date: 15 October.

(7) Consultant for Evaluation: Edmund Rice Development

Edmund Rice Development (ERD) seeks a consultant to conduct an evaluation of our Edmund Rice Mission Capacity Development Project (2018-21). The purpose of the evaluation is to provide ERD and our stakeholders with an independent assessment of the project to date, which will help inform future capacity building plans. Find out more. Closing date: 18 October. 

(8) Global Citizenship Youth Engagement Coordinator: GOAL 

GOAL, an international humanitarian organisation operational in 14 countries world-wide, is seeking a Global Citizenship Youth Engagement Coordinator. The purpose of the role is to support the development and delivery of GOAL’s Global Citizenship strategy with a focus on engaging and empowering young people to understand and take action on global challenges related to GOAL’s work. Find out more. Closing date: 19 October.

(9) Coalition 2030 Coordinator: Coalition 2030

Coalition 2030 is seeking applications for the 24 month full-time position of Coalition 2030  Coordinator. Coalition 2030 is an alliance of civil society organisations working to uphold Ireland’s  commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at home in Ireland and  internationally by 2030. It comprises 75 organisations - international and domestic NGOs as  well as environmental groups, universities and Trade Unions. Email for more information including job description. Closing date: 21 October. 

(10) Public Engagement Coordinator: GOAL

GOAL, an international humanitarian organisation operational in 14 countries world-wide, is seeking a Global Citizenship Public Engagement Coordinator. The purpose of the role is to support the development and delivery of GOAL’s global citizenship programme, in particular the public engagement strategy which aims to engage with targeted segments of the Irish public on selected thematic issues informed by GOAL’s programmatic work through on- and offline campaigning and outreach activities. This role will also involve ensuring integration with and lending support to the Global Citizenship Education and Global Youth programme activities. Find out more. Closing date: 25 October.


(11) Research Consultant: Centre for Global Education and Financial Justice Ireland

Centre for Global Education and Financial Justice Ireland seek a consultant to undertake research as part of a one-year programme titled “Challenging the Dominant Economic Paradigm in Development Education”. The research aims to compile empirical evidence on the extent to which the development education sector has incorporated an analysis of the dominant economic growth paradigm into its policy and practice.  Tender submissions should be emailed to by 5.00pm on the closing date. The research is funded by the Community Foundation’s All-island Fund. Find out more. Closing date extended: 5 November. 

Situations Vacant - Internships and Volunteer Posts

(1) Board Vacancies: CBM Ireland 

CBM is seeking a number of trustees to join its board skilled in the following areas; Marketing & Communications; Advocacy; and International Development. Find out more. Closing date: Rolling until position filled.

(2) Board of Directors Vacancies: Voluntary Service International

Would you like to join the Voluntary Service International (VSI) Board? VSI is seeking two dedicated, enthusiastic and proactive individuals to join our Board of Directors to oversee the effective responsibility for the financial management of the organisation. The roles are: Treasurer and Trustee with financial and accountancy experience and skills.This is a great opportunity to learn more about VSI, governance and support of a national and international NGO and charity. Find out more. Closing date: Rolling until position filled.

(3) Frank Jennings Fellowship: Front Line Defenders 

The Frank Jennings Fellowship is a paid fellowship with Front Line Defenders and OHCHR. The fellow will spend three and a half months at Front Line Defenders where they will be trained in relation to Human Rights Defenders; the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders; the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur; the procedures and methodology of the mandate; the role of Front Line Defenders and other national and international organisations in the support and protection of Human Rights Defenders. The Fellow will then enter an internship programme at the OHCHR and will move to Geneva for a period of six months before returning to Front Line Defenders for a further three months. Find out more. Closing date: 15 October.

(4) Volunteering and Global Citizenship Programme Leadership positions: UCDVO 

Applications are now open for UCDVO's 2021/22 Volunteering and Global Citizenship Programme. UCDVO's programme will combine the best of in-person global citizenship education with online/virtual international volunteering. Leadership positions on the programme are open to people external to UCD with relevant experience. Find out more, and register here for the (online) information evening on the 4th October. Closing date: 18 October. 

Courses and Training

(1) Change the Story, Change the World: Development Perspectives: 22 October

Applications are welcomed from Ireland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, UK, Italy, Poland, Greece and Portugal, for our upcoming Erasmus+ Training Course 'Change the Story Change the World'. This training course will explore the role of storytelling in tackling the root causes of poverty, inequality and climate change. The methodology of Theatre of the Oppressed will feature heavily in the programme. This training course is aimed at youth workers, trainers, mentors and volunteers who work with young people. The training will be delivered online in November (16-18), and face-to-face in January (24-28). Deadline for applications is the 22 October. For specific questions, email: Find out more.

(2) 'Continuing the Journey': Development Education Series: Comhlámh: 6-8pm, 5 - 26 October

‘Continuing the journey’ is an introductory course to Development Education and an invitation to learn, share and reflect in order to make sense of our world. It offers space for deeper engagement with issues such as global inequality, power, and colonialism. It allows for critical reflection for time spent overseas and introduces multiple ways of being active for change. The course, delivered over 4 weeks on Tuesday evenings via Zoom , is open for returned volunteers, development workers and anyone interested in global justice issues. We hope to see you there. Register here.

(3) Online Hostile Environment Course: Eurocheck Security Consultants Limited: 22-25 November

Established in 2001, Eurocheck is a worldwide leader in providing security training and support to NGOs, aid agencies, human rights workers, charities, students, and journalists. Our security trainers are specialists in their fields and have all worked in various hostile environments around the world. The cost of the upcoming online hostile course is €200 + VAT. The course is normally conducted over 4 mornings and includes pre course study, role plays and exercises. We are currently running several courses a month. Please contact us re: availability. These courses can be taken from the safety and comfort of your home or office here in Ireland or from overseas if already deployed. Contact us at 086 8142446 or Find out more.

(4) Carmichael’s Autumn/Winter 2021 Scheduled Training Programme

Carmichael has launched their Autumn/Winter Training Programme offering a variety of courses focusing on governance, company law, strategic planning etc. See courses below. Find out more.

(5) Global Issues Mini-Course: STAND: Various dates and deadlines, October - November

These evenings will deepen understanding of issues related to development and globalisation, introduce participants to like-minded, passionate peers, and ultimately help them to understand themselves and their role in bringing about change. The Global Issues mini-courses this Autumn, comprises four online evening sessions over four weeks. We welcome students from all disciplines to apply and no prior knowledge of development issues is needed. The mini-course costs just €10 thanks to the support of Irish Aid. Places are limited to 30 per course and are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Upon completion of the mini-course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from STAND. Our sessions are workshop-style and include plenty of interactive discussions, debates and group work. Find out more, and register here.


(1) 2021 Global Hunger Index International Launch: Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe: 3-5pm, 14 October

Join us for the online International Launch of the 2021 Global Hunger Index, co-authored by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.  This year’s report focuses on ‘Hunger and Food Systems in Conflict Settings’ and we will be joined by Ireland’s Ambassador to the UN Geraldine Byrne Nason, Germany’s Ambassador to the UN Günter Sautter, Dan Smith (SIPRI), Rebecca Richards (WFP), Rami Zurayk (American University of Beirut), Amina Abdulla (Concern) & Louis Dorvilier (WHH) to assess the outcomes of the recent UN Food Systems Summit and how far they can and must make a meaningful difference to the lives of people living in and with conflict. Contact for more information. Register here

(2) Holding Companies to Account for Harming People & Planet: Trócaire, Christian Aid & Front Line Defenders: 6:30pm, 15 October 

Join us online at the Dublin Arts & Human Rights Festival to hear from human rights defenders who stand up to big business, including an activist who peacefully resists Latin America's largest open-cast coal mine where well-documented human rights abuses occur– which has links to Ireland. Register now.

(3) SDG Advocate Showcase 2021: Saolta: 7pm, 21 October

Saolta will host an online showcase event that offers this year’s SDG Advocates an opportunity to share their insights and actions on this 8-month journey of discovery and design. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations will join as a guest speaker on the evening. Registration is by invite only. Email if you'd like to express interest in attending.

(4) Women of Concern Virtual Gala: Concern Worldwide: 1-1:30pm, 22 October

For 2021, Concern Worldwide’s annual celebration of the drive towards gender equality is going virtual! Join us here live on YouTube on Friday 22nd October at 1pm, for a half hour programme celebrating women around the world who are stepping up to create positive change within their own communities. Presented by RTÉ’s Sarah McInerney, this year’s event will honour Northern Irish academic, peace activist and human rights defender Professor Monica McWilliams, and feature performances from spoken word artist FELISPEAKS and from musicians in Haiti and Sierra Leone. We hope to see you there!

(5) STAND Student Festival and #RISEUP Exhibition: STAND: September - November

The annual STAND Student Festival is set to return to campuses across Ireland from the 27 September to the 12 November 2021. Run by students, for students, the STAND Student Festival has been bringing award-winning photography, film and events focused on global justice to campuses across Ireland since 2013. The theme of this year’s festival is RESILIENCE and will celebrate young people’s courage and creativity in rising up in the face of global challenges. The festival and exhibition will spend one week on each of the thirteen campuses and host a variety of events. Find out more.

(6) #FirstWeds Autumn Series - 'Coping with COP: Reflections on the climate crisis, present and future': 7 - 8:30pm, 3 November - 1 December

The UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 takes place in Glasgow this coming November. It comes hot on the heels of the most recent and disturbing report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With COP26 as the backdrop, join us this autumn for our #FirstWeds 3-part series via YouTube livestream, where we will be seeking wisdom and inspiration from youth, elders, and a wider cohort of community activists on the climate crisis, present and future. Stay tuned as we announce the speakers. Find out more, on the below events. 


Other Information

(1) The AidWatch Report for 2021 has been launched

Where does the EU stand on its commitment to Leave No One Behind? Even with the world still in the grip of the pandemic - and the global poverty rate on the rise - the EU is still falling short of reaching its own targets for Official Development Assistance (ODA). Since 2005, the AidWatch report has called for more and better funding for ODA. It’s high-time for the European Union and its Member States to urgently scale-up efforts. This is about people’s lives and livelihoods, not political games. Find out more in this year’s report. 

(2) Survey on Sector Collaboration: Inter-Mediation International (IMI)

We would like to draw your attention to this survey on collaboration across the sector, which will lead to development of open access resources across the sector. IMI is looking into ways of improving collaboration across the sector. To support them, please answer this survey (10-15 minutes). Staff from CSOs of all sizes are encouraged to share their insight. IMI will develop open access resources based on survey results, aimed at enhancing collaboration among CSOs. Find out more.

(3) Suas seeks office space for subletting, or partnership to share an office

Our small team of staff in Suas with a focus on Global Citizenship Education in the third level sector, would love to join a space with like-minded organisations and people. We are at an exciting stage in our development and have outgrown our current space in Aungier street. We are hoping to either sublet an office space that can accommodate 6-8  people, with shared meeting rooms and facilities or join forces to rent an office space (this could be our current office in Aungier street which provides additional space for about 6-8 people or involve hiring a new space together). If you think this might be interesting to you - please be in touch to explore opportunities together. We would love to hear from you! Contact Nina at

(4) Policy and Practice Call for Contributors Issue 34

Centre for Global Education invites contributions to Issue 34 of our bi-annual, peer reviewed open access journal, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, which is on the theme “Development Education and Health”. Articles can address the health of the planet, the causes and effects of the pandemic, and the contribution of DE to health education. The full call for contributors and details on how to submit are available hereThe deadline for abstracts is 29 October.

(5) Call for expressions of interest: Trinity MSc in Development Practice (MDP) Students Research Projects

The Trinity MDP are seeking research project proposals that can be undertaken by Masters students from January to August 2022. We welcome proposals from organisations across the Development sector on any matter related to sustainability and sustainable development. If you would like to have a research project considered please email with the proposed title or titles of the projects you would like undertaken and the name and contact details of your contact person/supervisor. Find out more. Closing date: 12 November.


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